The National Union of Disability Organizations in Rwanda took this initiative after remarking the increase in numbers of Covid-19 positive cases in Rwanda, where the report from the Ministry of health on Sunday 23rd August recorded the total number of 200 new positive cases with 164 from Kigali, The city capital of Rwanda, 29 from Rusizi District in southern west of the country, 5 from Rubavu in northern west of the country and 2 from Huye district in the southern province of the country. The pandemic also killed 26 people around the country as per record of the Ministry of health in Rwanda by Sunday September 20rd, 2020
To counter attack this pandemic and reduce its level of spreading, NUDOR in partnership with CBM and the Scottish Government decided to take a part by providing hygiene materials including Step and wash materials, hand sanitizers, soaps and other materials that can help a large number of people to wash their hands as one of the most preventive measures in fighting against this pandemic. The materials will be distributed to the saving groups created by NUDOR in 9 district and later 12 (three new districts) under the Program of livelihood, groups that are based in different Cells and Sectors to help them have enough Hygiene while meeting for their daily activities of saving.
The Livelihood program Coordinator in NUDOR, Rwanda Mr. Emile VUNINGABO who is heading this initiative supported by CBM highlighted that although the big number of new cases is being reported in the city of Kigali, but they have to start preparing people from the countryside villages to have this habit of washing their hands before meeting and sensitize them about other measures including physical distancing, electronic payments and many other measures, on a level that the pandemic will meet them ready to count attack it.
NUDOR insists that they are not stopping by there as they are looking forward to doing more, to help people especially persons with disabilities to prevent themselves where they are in different villages countrywide. Until today, no report from whoever has indicated that among more than 4000 Covid19 positive cases in Rwanda include persons with disabilities.
After Corona virus Pandemic ravaged worldwide, different governments, institutions and organizations set up on public places different washing materials to help people to wash their hands before getting any service. This is because washing hands is among the most measures to fight against the spread of Corona Virus. However, some institutions set up washing materials without caring of some groups of people including some categories of persons with disabilities.
Most of the washing stations set up in Rwanda uses to press the foot to get water to wash, ignoring that some persons with disabilities have no feet. For other stations people pushes with their fingers to get water while there are some persons with physical impairment that have no hands or fingers. Some other washing materials were set up on up level that people with short stature cannot use them to wash their hands.
Different persons with disabilities have been complaining in media about some washing materials that are not accessible to them. The national Union of Disability Organizations in Rwanda NUDOR took a lead to show how no one should be left behind by setting up washing materials that are accessible to everybody. These washing materials do not need any push or press to get water. They sense themselves for hands and then open water for people. Persons with short stature have also their own short washing material that they can easily access.
NUDOR is recommending the Government, public and private institutions and organizations, companies and other organs that serves people to do the same to avoid any form of discrimination to some services from any form of Disability, status or any other reason. What do you think can also be done to fight any form of discrimination in regards to persons with disabilities? We welcome your comments.
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Community Based Rehabilitation ( CBR) Programme stakeholders in Rwanda made this commitment in a meeting convened by the National Union of Disability Organizations in Rwanda, NUDOR, on July 21, 2020 at Remera in Kigali, in partnership with Liliane Foundation.
In his opening remarks, NUDOR chairperson , Mr. BIZMIMANA Dominique has made an emphasis on the objective of the meeting which was discussing on strategies to strengthen the collaboration between key stakeholders in CBR for their support to the program.
Mr. TUYIZERE Oswald , the Director of Socio economic empowerment Unit in National Council of Persons with disabilities , has reminded that , the Government of Rwanda through MINALOC and NCPD initiated the CBR Programme to tackle issues affecting persons with disabilities at community level, and called upon the stakeholders to refer to CBR Guidelines from the planning, implementation and impact evaluation.
Mr. TWAGIRIMANA Eugene, CBR Programme Coordinator in NUDOR made a brief presentation on CBR as iplemented by NUDOR Partnership with Lilian Foundation since 2016 while before that period the programme was coordinated by Bernardines Sisters. He highlighted the core strategy employed in the work of the Lilliane foundation which is Child Empowerment, meaning increasing the children’s and youngsters personal, social, educational and economic strengths to become active agents of change in their own communities through Child Development.
Stakeholders committed to doing more for CBR implementation
After the different presentations and open discussions, stakeholders who participated to the meeting committed to improving their role in implementing this program.
Mr UWISHEMA Valentin, Customer and benefits supervisor at Rwandair said; “Rwandair has been working with disability organizations and will continue to do so by supporting in a way or another bit financial or other means, to help children with disabilities to grow with better future life”.
on the other side Mr. Emmanuel MUNYAMPETA from National Early Childhood Development Program, NECDP reported: ‘’We are going to engage different stakeholders, we will meet different development partners in health, education, child protection, social economic empowerment, in different domains . We will engage all of them especially to empower community members”.
Dr. Prince Bosco KANANI , the Director of Rwanda Catholic health services in Caritas Rwanda said ;”Caritas Rwanda is viable as one owning a big portion of the health services among others as “We have hospitals, health facilities, so I think for the technical group in rehabilitation mentioned in discussions, we are ready to support because we have experience”.
Mrs. BATESI Teddy, Human resources management officer at Rwanda social security Board , RSSB , made a comment: ‘’ I can advocate for you in RSSB that that children and youth with disability can be treated in a special way and the whole RSSB staf should also advocate for them to the government for policy change”.
Other than the personal commitments, the entire meeting adopted the following recommendations;
- Participants have called upon/reminded to integrate CBR in planning aligning their missions and visions to ensure they are contributing to the program without necessarily investing money ( for instance issues of addressing negative mindset can be addressed without money)
- NCPD and other partners in CBR , to advocate for the committees to be structured at village level for more community involvement and ensure PWDs are part of the committees; and make a follow up of the functionality of these committees;
- Partners continue strengthening their collaboration through joint advocacy as any single organization cannot pretend implement CBR ; focus in community involvement , using available resources;
- Continue building the Pos capacities so that they can be able to think about the early child development in collaboration with NECDP; empowering the community on early disability detection, response and referral;
- NUDOR to build synergy within its programs and projects as much is done in line with CBR ; this is can be done through capacity building, involvement of Pos within livelihood program at grassroots level;
- NUDOR programs coordinators and projects managers to participate to the next CBR stakeholders sharing meeting to enhance knowledge on CBR;
- NUDOR to continue working with partners in raising awareness of the community to respect to construction standards for more accessibility to persons with disabilities;
- Partners in CBR to strengthen reporting mechanisms to ensure the Ministry of health , MINEDUC, MINALOC and other Social cluster members have data from the work we do in CBR;
- When thinking about transition from CBR to CBID, people should first appreciate what has been done since many years independently to CBR matrix ; as much has been within disability movement and other partners for the inclusion of PWDs ;
- Early CD to be taken as holistic approach in stakeholders interventions and engaging other stakeholders;
In his closing remarks Mr. BIZIMANA Dominique, NUDOR Chairperson, thanked once again the participants and committed that ; as way forward , NUDOR is organizing an evening session ( working dinner ) that will be an opportunity to thank all partners that have contributing in different ways to its work in CBR and continue building collaboration
Imiryango y’abana bafite ubumuga batuye mu karere ka Bugesera bavuze ko inkunga bahawe n’ihuriro nyarwanda ry’imiryango y’abantu bafite ubumuga mu Rwanda (NUDOR) igiye kubafasha gukomeza kwi... Read more